John A. Broussard, Sr.
Inducted on March 18, 2017
John Allen Broussard, Sr was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, on August 26, 1936. His parents were Clarence J. Broussard and Mathilda Green Broussard, farmers from Lafayette. Broussard is the eldest son of eight siblings.
He attended public elementary school and earned a GED in 1960 through the University of Maryland while serving active duty in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. In 1964, Broussard graduated from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA with a bachelors degree in vocational agricultural. Later, he attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) in 1967 and majored in business administration. In 2003, he received certification in industrial technology.
In 1964, he married Marlene St. Julien. They have two sons, John, Jr., who lives in Houston, and Joey Broussard, who lives in Atlanta.
Broussard worked 25 years for the federal government as a county supervisor in Lafayette, Evangeline, Vermilion, Calcasieu and St. Landry Parishes. In 1974, he was appointed as the first African-American to the position of county supervisor. In 1991 through 1998, he served as executive director of the Neighborhood Housing Services and Smile Community Action Agency, where he managed a $15 million budget for these private, and nonprofit agencies. In 1998, he served as Director of Development and Planning where he wrote Emergency Services and Comprehensive Housing Development grants.
For the last 16 years, Broussard has been employed with the Lafayette Parish Schools System teaching industrial arts, wood shop and agri-science courses. Broussard also anchors a very popular broadcast at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's radio station KRVS, entitled, Zydeco sont pas sale, which is his way of preserving the Creole zyedco culture. Broussard, a cultural activist who speaks French on his radio program, has also served on numerous boards and committees throughout the Acadiana area.